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Underbelly

Our tour group got to go below the tower, to look at the system of hydraulic lifts that operate the elevators. It was interesting even though I was busy taking pictures and missed a lot of the explanation.

It was also sad: I thought how fun it would be to tell my dad – a civil engineer – about it when I got home. It’s coming up on two years since he passed away, so I guess I didn’t get to Paris soon enough.

Eiffel Tower
Paris
photographed 6.8.2017

Invocation of science

This would have been slightly more interesting if I’d known it while I was there, but there are 72 names on the Eiffel Tower; Gustave Eiffel called it “an invocation of science” because of his concerns over protests against the tower. It doesn’t sound especially plausible, that a list of names would calm down protesters, but the very existence of the tower indicates that it worked. I guess.

(Click for a larger view, and you can see them, at the bottom of that rectangular section.)

Eiffel Tower
Paris
photographed 6.8.2017

That View

I had to. And I’m not sorry, either.

Eiffel Tower
Paris
photographed 6.8.2017

Light me like a candle

It was a little disconcerting to visit the great cathedral while Mass was going on. But it did give me a couple of photographic opportunities that I would have otherwise missed.

Cathédrale de Notre-Dame de Paris
Paris, France
photographed 6.11.2017

Eyes Pulled Upward

The very first thing I did was look up. How could I not?

Cathédrale de Notre-Dame de Paris
Paris, France
photographed 6.11.2017

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